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Secrets of a May 'Nielsen Family'

Bob Sellers | Posted 07.29.2012 | Media
Bob Sellers

Based on my experience, keeping a Nielsel diary is a well-meaning but imperfect measuring system that suggests advertisers may be rolling the dice when they pay for ads designed to reach a particular audience.

Nielsen in the New Age

Bethany McHugh | Posted 07.22.2012 | TV
Bethany McHugh

It's astonishing that with all the technology available to us a more definitive method for measuring the popularity of TV shows hasn't been established.

Facebook Is Not Your Friend

Rory O'Connor | Posted 06.15.2012 | Technology
Rory O'Connor

Mark Zuckerberg may think that Facebook's recurrent privacy flaps haven't much affected the sometimes anti-social social network, but they represent a huge potential threat to what he has built.

For The Love of Art and Soaps

Kalup Linzy | Posted 05.01.2012 | Arts
Kalup Linzy

In 2010, I met Maria Arena Bell in New York at a going away party hosted by Suzanne Geiss for Jeffrey Deitch, before he was to head west and take up h...

'NCIS,' 'American Idol' & 'The Voice' Come Out On Top

AP | By FRAZIER MOORE | Posted 02.22.2012 | TV

NEW YORK -- Viewers gave CBS the week's most-watched show along with 21 others in the top 30 ranking. Fox was represented only by its two editions of...

Oprah Under Fire For Controversial Tweet

Posted 02.13.2012 | Media

Oprah issued a public apology on Monday for sending a controversial tweet on Sunday night. As the Grammys took many viewers over to CBS on Sunday, ...

LGBT-Inclusive Programs Hit Ratings High

Posted 12.27.2011 | Gay Voices

Fans of shows like "Glee," "Modern Family" and "The Good Wife" helped television broadcasters reach a new milestone, as a new Nielsen study revealed t...

CBS Continues Ratings Domination

AP | DAVID BAUDER | Posted 12.12.2011 | Media

NEW YORK — CBS' strength in scripted material made for another non-competitive week in television ratings. Increasingly, it appears ABC, Fox an...

The Father Of T.V. Ratings Dies

AP | DON BABWIN | Posted 12.05.2011 | Media

CHICAGO — Arthur C. Nielsen Jr., whose family company has been the final word on whether television shows are hot or not for more than a half-ce...

CBS Continues Ratings Supremacy

AP | DAVID BAUDER | Posted 12.05.2011 | Media

NEW YORK — Two weeks into a new television season, CBS is continuing its domination. The network, which has won eight of the past nine TV seaso...

Lucas Kavner

Are We Measuring TV Ratings All Wrong? | Lucas Kavner | Posted 10.16.2011 | Home

When it aired on television from 2003 to 2006, "Arrested Development" was a ratings disaster. The beloved Fox comedy's second season averaged out at a...

No News Is Good News

Douglas Forbes | Posted 10.05.2011 | Media
Douglas Forbes

Who can argue that cable TV teems with killer comedy? I mean, have you watched CNN, MSNBC or FOX News channels lately?

Nielsens: 'True Blood' Rising, 'Skies' Falling | Posted 08.29.2011 | Media

For the week of June 20, HBO's True Blood came back with a roar, tying a series high of 5.4 million viewers. Over on TNT, the second week Falling Skie...

How Good Morning America Is "Attracting Its Largest Audience in Four Years"

Shelley Ross | Posted 08.28.2011 | Media
Shelley Ross

So You Think Lady Gaga Is the Only One "Gaming the Numbers?" This week, ABC News sent out an exciting press release on the growing success of GMA, c...

How Many Viewers Watched Obama's Announcement About Bin Laden?

AP | Posted 07.03.2011 | Media

NEW YORK -- Despite the late hour in the East, President Obama's speech on Sunday announcing the death of Osama bin Laden had an audience of 56.5 mill...

Joel McHale Gets A 'Community' Ratings Evaluation From Dan Harmon (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

Although it was recently picked up for two additional episodes this season, NBC's "Community" might not receive the highest ratings. But star Joel McH...

Rupert Murdoch Defends Glenn Beck After Question About Boycott

Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Rupert Murdoch called Glenn Beck a "terrific kickoff" for Fox News programs and denied that the network was "subsidizing" Beck's show due to decisions...

'Grey's Anatomy' Got Big DVR Boost This Season

The Wrap | John Consoli | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" was the broadcast primetime show helped the most this TV season by a full week of DVR viewing of its original episodes. The sho...

White Kid From Boston Drops Rap Album in The iTunes Forest; Makes a Sound

Modiba | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Rapper Sam Adams' very existence challenges the relevance of, well, take your pick: record executives, publicists, music writers, every rapper with a dream and a day job and, umm, Myspace.

Food Shines, News Declines

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Reese Schonfeld

In the October ratings, the Food Network had more viewers under 55 than any of the news networks, including Fox, which finished behind Food in every single advertising demographic category.

Coalition For Innovative Media Measurement: Networks, Advertisers Form Alternative Ratings System

AP | DAVID BAUDER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

NEW YORK — Fourteen media companies said they are joining forces to fund new ways to track viewership of television programming throughout vario...

Ratings Rumble: Media Consortium To Challenge Nielsen's Dominance

Financial Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Top US media companies and marketers have created a consortium to challenge the dominant force in TV audience measurement. Nielsen controls the mea...

NYC Gripes: The Digital TV Scam

R. B. Stuart | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
R. B. Stuart

The digital TV conversion is no less than a ploy in deregulation to screw you via remote control.

ABC News Disputes Nielsen Ratings Following Lowest "World News" Audience Ever

AP | DAVID BAUDER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

NEW YORK — Nielsen Media Research has conceded making an error and is performing a recount after the company's ratings on Tuesday initially indi...

Technical Problems Delaying TV Ratings

New York Times | Brian Stelter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

In what one television executive called an unprecedented data delay, Nielsen Media Research failed to provide overnight TV ratings for four days this ...